Arbor Day Celebration Planned at Clayton Community Center
The Town of Clayton will be recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a Tree City USA. Johnston Assistant County Ranger, Doug White will present the Town with Tree City USA Award. As part of the ceremony, Mayor Jody McLeod will read a proclamation naming March 19, 2010 as Arbor Day in Clayton.
Arbor Day, which means simply “Tree Day,” was the idea of J. Sterling Morton. In 1872, Morton helped start a new holiday in Nebraska dedicated to tree planting. It is estimated that more than one million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day. Morton's idea quickly spread and today Arbor Day is celebrated in all 50 states and in many other countries. Actual dates of the event differ for each area depending on planting times. North Carolina celebrates Arbor Day on the first Friday following the 15th of March, which this year is March 19th.